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Global Alliance

We want the very best of the world connected to the very best of the UK. That’s why we built this programme; to form international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions and people from every corner of the globe. It is innovation diplomacy at its best.

As the United Kingdom, we’re entering a new phase in our international relations. It has never been more important to foster long-lasting partnerships with the global community. Forming these strategic links will help to drive innovation locally, through the UK’s governing bodies, businesses and institutions and bring our talent to a broader audience.

But it’s not just about bringing UK innovation to the rest of the world. Many of the challenges we now face are universal, and having an international perspective on their solutions is critical. We can’t help to shape the future of the world in isolation. As an outward-looking society, we need to build global alliances, from the top tier of international relations down to individual organisations and people.

Find out more about the work we undertake every day to assure the UK’s place at the forefront of global innovation. Talk to our team now to see how we can help you find an international partner that could take your project to the next level.

Our current global activity

AgriFood Africa (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

Global Alliance Africa

Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project designed to strengthen and scale local innovation and business environments in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Energy Catalyst

Global energy poverty is real. Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas.

European Programmes

KTN helps UK companies engage with European funding programmes and help them create collaborations.

Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Funding Opportunities

XPRIZE Rainforest

The $10M XPRIZE Rainforest is a five-year competition. The winning team will develop novel technologies to rapidly and comprehensively survey rainforest biodiversity and use that data to improve our understanding of this complex ecosystem.

Opens: 01/11/2019 Closes: 15/03/2021

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Travel and subsistence funding to support LMIC (low and middle-income countries) engagement during the Covid-19 outbreak

This scheme provides travel and subsistence funding to support delivery of technical expertise in the global response to Covid-19.

Opens: 13/03/2020 Closes: 31/12/2020

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African agriculture knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2020 to 2021, round 4

UK registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £2 million to help fund an innovation project with another knowledge base and a business partner registered in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa.

Opens: 06/10/2020 Closes: 28/10/2020

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Smart Cities Opportunities in South Korea

09.00 - 11.00 | Online

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Digital Business Meetup - International Opportunities and Collaboration

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Global Ideas Exchange: Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa

09.30 - 15.30 | Online

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KTN Unveils its Ambitious Five Year Strategy

Five-year Strategy prioritises the economic, societal and environmental benefits of innovation in KTN’s vision to change the world.

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From apples to Youtube, a 3-months placement with the GCRF AgriFood Africa Programme

Carlota, a PhD student who’s recently completed a placement with the KTN AgriFood team, shares her experience.

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